Here’s the link to the article, “Put Your Best Foot Forward” published by The Smart Manager, Jan/Feb 2019!
Time to create a People Plan! According to a University of Scranton study (2016), more than 9 out of 10 people fail to achieve whatever goal they may have set for themselves at the start of the new year. When you consider that these are goals people choose for themselves and that they are more likely to be along the lines of losing 5-10 pounds than trying to qualify for the Olympics, it’s a sobering statistic.
I believe we can do better – much better. To do so, however, will involve doing two things: 1) Be honest with yourself as to whether your resolution is an actual goal or just a wish. Declaring it as a real goal will be the first step toward making a serious effort to achieve it; 2) Don’t attempt to achieve your goal all by yourself. Left to your own devices, you’re likely to end up among the 92% of people who fail. This is where creating a People Plan will make the difference. Once you embrace the fact that self help doesn’t mean by-yourself-help and that making your goals public, engaging people who can encourage you, provide advice, and help you hold yourself accountable, is what you need to actually achieve your resolution, it will be a game changer!
Check out The People Plan infographic to get you started! To learn why People Plans work and what they are all about, get yourself a copy of What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity and Personal Growth. Happy New Year!
As we close out the year and prepare for what’s next, Randy and Leo talk about the holidays, the many tributes to George H. W. Bush, and the importance of having a people plan in 2019! Who you surround yourself with matters. Enjoy!
Drew Dudley is the founder of Day One. Drew spent 8 years as the Director of one of Canada’s largest leadership development programs at the University of Toronto and served as National Chair of Canada’s largest post-secondary charity, which mobilized 35,000 volunteers annually to support the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time”. Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader”.
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Hard to imagine a holiday that more clearly illustrates the importance of the friends and family who comprise our circle. Take time today to thank the people who have made a difference in your life and consider how you will give more of yourself to others next year! Enjoy!
Bea Staley is a Senior Associate in the Professional Services practice at Korn Ferry specializing in executive search. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience around career planning and recruiting having worked at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Career Center, her own boutique recruitment firm, and in executive search at Korn Ferry. Bea earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
According to a 2016 University of Scranton study, 92% of people who declare a new year’s resolution fail at it. Left to our own devices, we get off to an enthusiastic start, yet too often fail to achieve what we state we want for ourselves. What we know from studying formal peer groups is that when we surround ourselves with people you will encourage us, provide their expertise and advice, and help us hold ourselves accountable, we can achieve heights we never imagined possible. By understanding why and how the people who surround us matter, we can do better!
Why does this matter? Because achieving personal goals and being in a position to contribute positively to the lives of others (at home and at work) requires us to be our at our personal best. The airline safety instructions pertaining to the proper way to use your oxygen mask in the event the plane loses cabin pressure serves as the perfect metaphor – apply the mask on yourself first before attempting to help others. Being at your best FIRST, is better for you and everyone around you.
Christina L. Martini is a practicing intellectual property attorney and partner at McDermott Will & Emery. Christina focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising, unfair competition, and entertainment law.
In addition to Tina’s full-time practice and various leadership roles at the firm, she is a thought leader, author, columnist, and speaker. Tina is the host of the Paradigm Shift Podcast, a podcast about the intersection of business and law.
Last month, Taylor & Francis Publishing released my second book, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity & Personal Growth. (Illustrations by @RyanFoland).
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To digress for a moment, let me share where the title comes from. In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything, for that matter) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. Success doesn’t ask us to do what no one else can do. All too often, success and happiness find those who have the discipline to do the everyday things, the things anyone can do that most of us never will. I believe all of us can surround ourselves with people who can lift us up, and when we do, we will be inspired to do the things anyone can do far more often.
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